Lisa Harris brings us the fourth installment of Nikki Boyd’s story with “Vanishing Point,” an excellent romantic suspense thriller that takes place before, during and after Nikki’s story of searching for her missing sister.
Opening in 2004, Special Agent Garrett Addison of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation joins forces with his former flame, FBI Agent Jordan Lambert, to solve the disappearance of Julia Kerrigan, who just might be the third victim of the Angel Abductor, a man who kidnaps and kills young girls, leaving behind a Polaroid of his victim.
As the story traverses across 2005 and 2006, and several more victims are taken, Garrett grows more and more frustrated as the TBI is unable to solve the abduction cases, leading him to question his life choices. And as Garrett and Jordan continue to dance around what type of relationship they want, Garrett must come to a major decision for his life.
During this time we meet Nikki, who is prevalently featured in the series’ first three books, as her sister Sarah’s disappearance is one of the cases Garrett’s team struggles to solve. We get a deeper look into her story and her decision to leave teaching and become a police officer.
The book next takes us to the present day, when the Angel Abductor seems to strike again after a ten-year hiatus. As Nikki pulls the old team back together, will Garrett and Jordan be able to finally solve these crimes and end the Angel Abductor’s spree of death and violence? And will they ever make a decision about their relationship?
Harris does a great job of developing the characters, of giving you a real sense of who they are and why they do the things they do. She fills them with flaws and insecurities to make them extremely relatable.
But “Vanishing Point” is not just a great whodunnit with a splash of romance. It also delves into many deep themes, like why does God choose to save some people and not others; dealing with grief and having to say goodbye; where is God in times of trials, and why does he sometimes seem to remain silent; and the importance of redemption. Harris reminds us that sometimes we need to go through the fire to find a greater redemption at the end.
“Vanishing Point” is a great wrap up to the Nikki Boyd Files that is filled with twists and turns and deceptive clues to leave you guessing.
Five stars out of five.
Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, provided this complimentary copy for my honest, unbiased review.
“Vanishing Point” (A Nikki Boyd Novel) by Lisa Harris